Date Published: Aug. 17, 2017
In the Wilderness is a roller coaster tale of a young woman, Marva, who faces prison time or worse if she confesses to killing her father – a crime she and her sister have kept a secret for four years. Now with her former teacher-turned surrogate mother about to marry the detective who suspects her of murdering her father, Marva feels suffocated by her guilt. She can’t confide in her childhood sweetheart either because she is too ashamed. Suicide seems to be her only solution. But before she can carry out her well-laid plans, a horrible accident leaves her groping in the wilderness of amnesia. She later emerges to find that she must now trial for murder.
Written from a Christian perspective, In the Wilderness is not just about suicide. Like its prequel, Coming Out of Egypt, the dark matter covered in this book is offset by the exotic setting of Trinidad and Tobago, the one-sided romance between Marva and Jason – he loves her, she sees him only as a friend – crazy, giddy teenage love affairs and the transforming power of redemption.
This was my first read by author Angela Joseph so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading. The synopsis catches your attention and the book lives up to that excitement. The author took us on this wonderful journey of self discovery and love. The characters were all so easy to get invested in and you can’t help but hope for a happy ending for everyone.
This book is the second in a series; while I didn’t read the first one before reading this one I believe it would be beneficial to read the first book. It seems this one picks up where the prior story ended so I didn’t have the background knowledge of Marva and June’s situation. This books follows a lot of secondary characters as well but the author did a good job of separating the story lines. All in all I was very impressed with this book and would recommend it to everyone.
About the Author
Angela Joseph is a novelist who enjoys writing about deep-seated matters of the heart and subjects largely regarded as taboo in a sophisticated society. Angela draws upon her Trinidad and Tobago roots to paint word pictures as lush as the tropical landscape from which she hails. Angela’s hobbies are cooking, travel and curling up with a good book on a rainy afternoon.